Woman Falls Down 15-Foot Shaft While Showering

Logan Heights Resident Sustains Injuries In Light Shaft Fall

A Logan Heights resident was injured Tuesday when she slipped while taking a shower in her apartment, fell out a window and plunged about 15 feet to the bottom of an air and light shaft in the middle of the building.

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The accident in the 2700 block of Commercial Street was reported shortly after 8 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The woman, who is in her 50s, tumbled through a 2- by 3-foot opening next to her bathtub and into the shaft, an old-fashioned construction feature designed to bring daylight and fresh air into rooms, SDFRD spokesman Maurice Luque said.

Emergency crews found her at the bottom of the shaft, about six feet below ground level, and were able to pull her through the bathroom window of the unit below hers, Luque said.

Medics took the woman, who remained conscious throughout the ordeal, to UCSD Medical Center for treatment of minor to moderately serious injuries.

Luque described the mishap as out of the ordinary, particularly since the type of light shaft involved is common only in older buildings.

"It's just unusual," he said. "It doesn't violate any type of code, this is the way buildings were built; just one of those freakish type accidents that happen."

Luque added, "We believe that drugs and/or alcohol played a role in all this and maybe from the good side of things because of that, possibly because of that, she did not sustain what were believed to be serious injuries of any sort."

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